Boise Bike Recommendations Released

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Boise has just released preliminary recommendations for improving bike safety in town, including accelerating some of the Ada County Highway District's future plans for cyclists, implementing a local three-feet to pass law and passing complementary cyclist harassment and dumb cyclist ordinances.

The committee, which included city, police, ACHD and Idaho Transportation Department reps, formed in late June. The detailed report from the safety task force was reviewed by a large citizen committee, including bike people, and two public forums are planned to review the 24 recommendations.

The forums are scheduled for: Tuesday, Aug. 25, 6 to 8 p.m. at Boise City Hall Council Chambers (3rd floor) and Thursday, Aug. 27, 6 to 8 p.m., at City Hall West Sawtooth Room (333 N. Sailfish
Place, off Emerald between Maple Grove and Five Mile roads).

The recommendations include engineering tasks, like maintaining bike lanes, improving intersections and clarifying sidewalk use by cyclists; enforcement options like the 3-feet to pass ordinance for cars, better defining right of ways and scaling back penalties on cycling violations to infractions; and education including a public information campaign and increased education in schools and through driver ed.

Unclear in the report is wether or not this will be legal.

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